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How Geothermal Heating Works

Geothermal heating and cooling has been around since the late 1940s, but due to restrictive materials, it wasn’t a system that could be widely used. Better technology has led to better products, and as a result, geothermal systems have become a viable and popular choice for homeowners. Some may find the system a bit confusing, so we’ll explain below how a geothermal system can offer both heating and cooling in San Antonio. Because geothermal systems work differently from more traditional heating systems, it’s very important to hire experienced professionals for your geothermal installation. For over 25 years, Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has offered comprehensive heating services, including the installation, maintenance and repair of geothermal systems, so call us today.

How Does It Work?

A geothermal system harnesses the natural, steady temperature of the Earth about 6 feet below the frost line to provide both heating and cooling for your home. It does this via a ground loop that is filled with an antifreeze solution. The ground loop is connected to a heat pump that helps facilitate the transfer of heat. During the winter, the solution in the ground loop absorbs the natural heat of the ground and transfers it to the heat pump. The heat pump condenses the absorbed heat, and then distributes it into your home. In the summer, the opposite occurs: the heat inside your home is absorbed and transferred into the ground. No fossil fuels are utilized, and only a small amount of electricity is used for the heat pump.

What Are the Benefits of A Geothermal System?

Here are some of the benefits a geothermal system can offer:

  • Both heating and cooling – as mentioned above, the system can offer you both heating and cooling
  • Very environmentally friendly – the system uses the constant temperature beneath the earth to warm your home, so your carbon footprint with a geothermal system is very small
  • Long lifespan – the ground loop of a geothermal system is made to last 25-50 years, and the heat pump has an average lifespan of 25 years
  • Comfortable heating and cooling – the airflow from a geothermal system is low-volume and continuous, which provides gradual, comfortable heating and cooling

If geothermal heating and cooling is right for you, call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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